No new COVID-19 cases reported in Grey-Bruce Wednesday

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There were no new cases of COVID-19 reported in Grey-Bruce Wednesday, according to the Grey Bruce Health Unit’s daily situation report.

Five active cases remain in the region with 172 cases of the virus reported in the two counties since the start of the pandemic .

Of those 172 cases, 155 are now recovered with 12 cases referred to other healthcare units.

There are no known cases of COVID-19 being treated at local hospitals, and no long-term care facilities, schools or daycares are currently under a declared COVID-19 outbreak.

Dr. Ian Arra, Grey-Bruce’s medical officer of health, said in a media release Tuesday that a cluster of seven cases in the South Bruce Peninsula has been the source of “unwarranted anxiety” in the community.

A number of public facilities in the community have been temporarily closed in response to the cluster. The media release said “additional community response, such as closing facilities, is not required unless directed by public health. In this instance, there is no direction nor order given. However, municipalities are entitled to close their facilities.”

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The release went on to say the cluster of cases “confirm that most local transmission is likely community-based and more often than not through household contacts, or close contact in other people’s homes, at parties, and other social gatherings. This is a specific reason why close contact with anyone outside of your household is discouraged”.

He reiterated that the job of determining any close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case is a decision made by public health officials and that anyone not contacted by public health is not considered at risk and need not take any additional steps, including asymptomatic testing.

Health units across the province reported another 834 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, which caused the seven-day average to reach a new high.

Three more people have died because of the disease.

The seven-day average is at 886 new cases found daily, the highest provincially at any point of the pandemic to date.

Most of the new cases were found in Toronto (299), Peel Region (186), York Region (121), and Ottawa (76).

There are 312 people being treated at hospitals in Ontario with 71 in intensive care and 51 on ventilators.

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